I first read this book as much beloved loaner in 1985 and liked it then, but I rushed through it to see what would happen - and to get it returned to the relieved owner. I recently remembered the book, and decided to see if it was available used thinking it was probably out of print - voila, anything can be found through Amazon. What is so amazing about this book was that upon the second read, I found I remembered it all EXACTLY but I'm enjoying it more. Must have made more of an impression on me that I thought - I feel like I read it for the first time just a month ago. The picture on the dustjacket looks kind of ridicules and childlike, but when you read about the real women the story is inspired by, you understand the "folkart" image. This story is a fantasy, though - perhaps how the author may have wished history to have been written for rural lesbians, including the happy ending, but I don't believe that was the fact.